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Joy Andrews, RN, has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses for FEbruary 2015.

No one wants to spend holidays in the hospital, but when there’s no alternative, a nurse like Joy Andrews, RN, can make a world of difference. A Peninsula Regional Medical Center patient said Andrews, a night shift nurse, was her beacon of light this past Christmas Eve. For her extraordinary compassion, Andrews has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses for the month of January. “When I say Joy for the first time as she came on for the evening shift, she wanted and smiled…. There was such joy and happiness in that first expression that I knew right away joy was in her heart as well as in her work with the patients,” Andrews’s nominator wrote. “I had been suffering from depression and the kindness she brought me impacted my life forever. That night joy returned to my heart and I knew things were going to change and my lie would now have joy, because of that Christmas Eve which I will always remember for all Christmas Eves to come.” Andrews was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues, and received a certificate commending them for being extraordinary nurses. The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” They were also given fresh daisies, and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate an exceptional nurse, visit and share a story. “We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the Daisy Award program. Nurses are heroes every day,” said PRMC Chief Nursing Officer Mary Beth D’Amico. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.” The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”